Friday, May 30, 2008

Saving a family heirloom

My Grandmother made these many moons ago. These are the only pieces she ever made in size 20 thread. She just didn't like working with it. She was more of a pineapple kind of crocheter.

There are 2 pieces here. A dresser scarf and a chest of drawers scarf or in my case, 1 for my piano and 1 for my coffee table.


This picture is not for the faint of heart!

Don't say I didn't warn ya!

After 2 days of washing and cleaning and soaking ...
it looked like this.

I finally decided that it was already ruined and that I did everything I possibly could before I gave in and got the bleach.

These are the results!

The dresser scarf that now lives on my piano.

This is the flower basket on the end of the scarf on my piano.


This one is on my coffee table.
It still needs some repair work to the fabric itself.

Pineapple Trivit/Dishcloth

Crochet Cotton of choice - F hook
~ or ~
2 strands Crochet Cotton - J hook
Gauge -
2strand Trivet/Dischcloth -

Special Stitches
Shell (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2 sp
Side Shell - sl st into ch2 sp, (ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2 sp
5dc cl w/ picot- ch2, holding last loop on hook to create cluster: dc in ch2sp, 3dc in next ch2sp, draw thru all 5 loops, ch3Picot - ch3, turn, sl st into top of cluster, tie off.

Pineapple Trivit/Dishcloth

ch5, sl st in 1st ch to form loop
Rnd 1 - ch3 counts as 1st dc now and throughout. (2dc, ch2) 5times, (2dc, ch4), (2dc, ch2) 3 times
~ or ~ (2dc, ch2) 8 times - without hanging loop,
sl st into top of ch3 to join
* Now you'll begin working in rows & turning at the end of each.
Row 2 - Side shell, ch2, shell in shell
Row 3 - side shell, (dc, ch5, dc) in next ch sp, shell in shell
Row 4 - side shell, 10dc in ch5 sp, shell in shell
Row 5 - side shell, ch1, (dc, ch1) in the next 10dc's, shell in shell
Row 6 - side shell, ch2, sc in ch sp, (ch3, sc in ch1sp) across, ch2, shell in shell [8 ch3sps]
Row 7 - side shell, ch2, sc in ch3 sp, (ch3, sc) in next ch3 sp, across [7 ch3sps]
Row 8 - repeat row 6 [6 ch3sps]
Row 9 - repeat row 6 [5 ch3sps]
Row 10 - repeat row 6 [4 ch3sps]
Row 11 - repeat row 6 [3 ch3sps]
Row 12 - repeat row 6 [2 ch3sps]
Row 13 - repeat row 6 [1 ch3sp]
Row 14 - side shell, ch2, sc in ch3 sp, ch2, shell in shell
Row 15 - side shell, shell in next shell
Row 16 - sl st into ch2sp, begin 5dc cl w/ picot.
Tie off. Weave in ends. Block.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Crocus Doily

I just luv making this piece.

It's one of the few pieces I've made more than once and will probably make again. The pattern and the pattern repeats are so incredibly simple for such a complex looking doily.

I made this with my Bates 6 steel hook and #10 thread.
It measures 18 1/2 inches across.

This pattern is so incredible. This is the doily towel dried and laid out. It's still damp. It doesn't need pins, it doesn't need ironing, it just lays smooth.

I made this to go with a vintage lamp my husband fell in love with. I can't wait to finish getting everything unpacked from our trip so I can put them out together!

A close up view.
You can find the pattern here at the Coats and Clark site.


Saturday, May 10, 2008

2 more Serafina's

I just love my model!

Even the dog had to get in on these!

How to make a flat Serafina

Can you believe that I used 4ply ww RH in Hot Red and Black with an I hook!

Look how smooth that fabric is!

I have finally figured out how to make a Serafina flat while using the correct hook for the yarn. It is soooooooo simple.

I realize that I do Seraphina Shawls a little differently than everyone else. I have 4dc's on each side of the shell columns. I think that it gives it a more even look. This works no matter which way you make them.

When it comes time to make the shells -
use a hdc instead of a dc.

From your very 1st Vst (hdc, ch1, hdc)
to your very last Shell (3hdc, ch2, 3hdc)
use hdc's.

Always use the DC Shell down the center.
The hdc's are for the sides only.

I promise it works!

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I just added a cool (and useful)

new widget.

Check your local gas prices

before you fill up!

Scroll 1/2 way down,
fill in the zip code & info
and Save Settings.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Coming Soon...

How to crochet a

Serafina Shawl

without ripples in the shell columns!!!!!

Using 4plyWW and an I hook!!!

(I need batteries for my camera!)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

On Display at Mom's 3

I made these, too!

On Display at Mom's 2

I made these!

The 8 1/2 foot Round Ripple
on a Double Bed

My very 1st MAM
That's Pooky & Gizmo with Amber on the couch!

On Display at Mom's House

My Grandmother made these!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Hi Mom!!!

My Mom finally got a new computer and
can start checking out the net. YAY!

This is for you, Mom!

!!! Hi Mom !!!
!!! Hi BABA !!!

! we LOVE you !

!!! we MISS you !!!

We can't wait to see you again!